Here is one of my favorite artists as a kid. My dad had a copy of Willy Pogany's drawing book which he used for reference himself. The book also gave me hours of inspiration on how to draw the human form with solid structure and volume. I learned to 'shorthand ' with simple shapes first as i searched for the correct pose. Then draw in the details. I still use his way of thinking today when it comes to working through the drawing process of a pose.
I will post various parts of this beautiful reference book. My friend Clint Morris scanned my dad's original book for reference. Thanks Clint :-) Hope some of you will find this inspiring as well.
Below are details about the artist :
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
BiographyPogany was born in Szeged, Hungary. He studied at Budapest Technical University and in Munich and Paris. Pogany came to America via Paris and London. While in London, he produced his four masterpieces, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1910), Richard Wagner's Tannhauser (1911), Parsifal (1912) and Lohengrin (1913).
In 1918 he illustrated a children's retelling of Homer, The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy written by Padraic Colum.
Pogany's best known works consist of illustrations of classic myths and legends done in the Art Nouveau style. He also worked as an art director on several Hollywood films, including Fashions of 1934 and Dames.
Pogany authored three art instruction books: Willy Pogany's Drawing Lessons, Willy Pogany's Oil Painting Lessons, and Willy Pogany's Water Color Lessons, Including Gouache.
Asked how to say his name, he told the Literary Digest that in America it was po-GAH-ny. "However, in my native Hungary this name is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable with a slightly shorter o and the gany is as the French -gagne (the y is silent)": PO-gahn.
Pogany's public art can be seen on the walls of the Ringling Mansion in Sarasota, FL, the theatre of El Museo del Barrio at 1230 Fifth Ave., and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 45th St in NYC.
This first section I'm posting is the cover art and introduction.
The 2nd section are studies of drawing the hand. One of my favorite areas of this book. I love the way he breaks the hands down into simple shapes as he searches for the pose.